Lake Tahoe Activites


Lake Tahoe’s main attraction is of course, Lake Tahoe Activities! The reason people consider Lake Tahoe the ultimate adventure vacation is because we have everything you can imagine. Enjoy anything from a winter day at one of 18 cross-country or downhill ski resorts, to a summer day on the beach, we cater to all seasons. Not only do we have the fun day time activities but we have incredible night life and entertainment as well. Lake Tahoe is also known for it’s incredible mountain biking. Many resorts open their lifts and trails during the summer for mountain bikers. Whether it’s a night out in South Lake Tahoe or even Reno, Nevada you will not go home without a story to tell.

Summer Activities


Golf Courses

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River Rafting

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Beaches & Parks


North Shore Beaches

Incline Village Ski Beach
Private for Incline residents, temporary renters or homeowner’s association. Boat ramp, barbecue areas, kids climbing structures, slides and swings and volleyball courts.
Burnt Cedar Beach
Private for Incline residents, temporary renters or homeowner’s association. Swimming pool and kiddie pool, barbecue and lawn areas, kids climbing structures, slides and swings. (775) 832-1100
The Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe
Private for hotel guests. Boat, jet ski and other rentals are accessible from Ski Beach and the Hyatt’s Beach. (775) 832-1234
Crystal Bay Speedboat Beach
At the bottom of Speedboat Ave., off of Hwy 28 just past the Cal-Neva on the California side. Small sandy beach, very limited parking. Kings Beach Coon Street Boat Launch and Picnic Area (parking and launch fees)
Kings Beach State Recreation Area
On Hwy 28 in Kings Beach. A large, free sand beach with paid state parking ($10). Boat, jet ski and other rentals are available. Barbecue areas, kid’s park, and public restrooms.
Secline Beach
At the end of Secline St. in Kings Beach, just south of the junction of Hwy 267. Very limited parking, undeveloped rocky beach with access to lawn areas, picnic tables and firepits.
North Tahoe Beach
Directly across from Safeway in Kings Beach. Some parking, grassy areas, volleyball court, picnic tables.
Tahoe Vista Tahoe Vista Recreation Area
Hwy. 28 at National Ave., in Tahoe Vista. Picnic tables and firepits, boat launch fee.
Moon Dune Beach
Across from from Rustic Cottages Motel. Small sandy beach with picnic tables and firepits. Roadside parking.
Carnelian Bay Patton Beach
Small stony beach adjacent to Sierra Boat Co. Marina and the Kayak Cafe in Carnelian Bay. Limited parking, picnic tables. Carnelian Bay Beach: Between Garwoods and Sierra Boat Co. Dogs legal. Restrooms, benches and footpaths. Mostly rocky beach, picnic tables available. Tahoe City
Skylandia Beach
Off of Lake Forest Rd. 1/2 mile east of Tahoe City with picnic tables and fire pits. Stony beach.
Lake Forest Beach
At the foot of Bristlecone off Lake Forest Rd. 1.5 mi. east of Tahoe City with picnic tables and fire pits.
Tahoe State Recreation Area
Hwy. 28 on the eastern edge of Tahoe City, adjacent to the Boatworks Mall, $5 to park. Commons Beach — In the middle of Tahoe City, a large beach with a grassy area, kids swings, and a small parking area.
William Kent Beach
On Hwy. 89, 2.5 miles south of Tahoe City. Camping, picnic tables and firepits, small sandy beach.
Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort Private Beach
A private sandy beach is ideal to set off on a kayaking or stand up paddle board adventure, to build a sand castle or to soak up the sun. Come relax, enjoy and cherish the spectacular views of Lake Tahoe.
East Shore Beaches
Parking is available in some lots, and in some roadside spots, along Hwy 28 between Hwy 50 and Sand Harbor. Once parked, there are steep, sandy hikes to mostly-boulder beaches. Generally, there are no facilities, so bring trash bags to haul out what you haul in. Do not park where no parking signs exist – you will be towed immediately.
Sand Harbor (Lake Tahoe Nevada Division of State Parks)
Picnic facilities, restrooms, a huge sand beach and boulders for climbing. Parking $6 per car, boat launching (at a separate entrance) is also $8, and anchoring in the harbor is $6. Annual day use/boating permits are available, $75. 2005 Hwy. 28 Sand Harbor, Nevada (775) 831-0494

Disk Golf

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Bicycling in Lake Tahoe is easy. You can rent a bike almost anywhere, or if you prefer you can bring your own. There are trails, bike paths, and great places to adventure out into, if you so dare! North Lake Tahoe has many different paved bike lanes. Numerous bike rental shops are available offering mountain bikes, ten speed street bikes, bicycles built for two, child carriers, safety helmets, and even roller blades. Here are a few of the popular places to go riding.
Tahoe Trailways

Tahoe City serves as the hub of the Trailways Bike Path system and offers access to numerous West Shore activities. Fifteen miles of paved pathways extend from Tahoe City in three directions. This popular system of trails connects Sugar Pine Point State Park on the south and Dollar Point on the northeast. Campgrounds, picnic areas, beaches, restaurants, the Gatekeeper’s Cabin Museum, and the communities of Tahoma, Homewood, Tahoe Pines, Skyland, Timberland, Pineland, Tahoe Park, Sunnyside and Lake Forest are found along the way. Free parking and trail access is located at 64 Acres Park off Highway 89, 1/4 mile south of Tahoe City.
Along the Truckee River

Also accessed from 64 Acres Park this paved trail follows the Truckee River downstream past the River Ranch Lodge, Alpine Meadows Rd and into Squaw Valley. Separate from the highway, it is mostly flat terrain with a few short, gentle grades, trout fishing, river rafting, and picnicking. Call the TCPUD Parks & Recreation Department at (916) 583-5544 for a brochure.
Squaw Valley

Squaw Valley has a two-mile long asphalt trail parallel to Squaw Valley Road on the south side along Squaw Valley Meadow. It runs from Squaw Valley Condos to Victor Road, and offers view of the meadow and surrounding peaks.
West Shore to Sugar Pine Point State Park

Nine miles. Mostly separate from the highway, the trail does contain a few miles of highway shoulder and two miles of residential streets as well as several highway crossings. Terrain is varied with a few steep sections. Features include small communities, campgrounds, Kilner Park, tennis, picnicking, playgrounds, fishing, marinas, beaches, scenic lake shoreline, and access to beautiful side trips up Blackwood canyon and Sugar Pine Point State Park.
Blackwood Canyon

Located at the intersection of Highway 89 and Blackwood Canyon Road about 4 miles south of Tahoe City. Free parking, restrooms, and special bicycle campsites available. Owned by the USDA Forest Service and maintained under contract by the California Land Management Company. Hint: Blackwood Canyon is a great biking side-trip from the main pathway!
General Creek Campground, Sugar Pine Point State Park

Located just south of Tahoma on Highway 89, this beautiful park is a perfect cycling destination. Located at the end of the west shore trail you will find picnic areas, nature trails, a beach & pier, the historic Ehrman Mansion and it’s adjoining boat houses and the Phipp’s log cabin. Day-use fee required. Call (530) 525-7982 for information.
Tahoe City To Dollar Point

Two and one-half miles, mostly level with a climb last one-half mile up Dollar Hill; access to Tahoe State Park, Burton Creek State Park, Lake Forest Boat Ramp and Campground; fishing, picnicking, playgrounds, athletic fields. Access to some features, including the Nordic Center and mountain bike trails is over residential streets.

There is a designated bike lane on Highway 89 from West River Street south of Truckee to the Squaw Valley entrance.
Tahoe Vista

The North Tahoe Parks and Recreation Department maintains a bike trail in the North Tahoe Regional Park which is off National Avenue in Tahoe Vista. The trail meanders through pine and fir forests with adjacent picnic sites tucked into the woods. The park also offers tennis & basketball courts, baseball & soccer fields, a playground and an interpretive nature trail. For park information call 530-546-5043
Incline Village/Lakeshore Drive Bike Path

Known locally in Incline village as l’he Joggers Trail’, this 2.5 mile long paved trail starts at West End Park on exclusive Lakeshore Drive off Highway 28. This path passes close to the shore of Lake Tahoe’s Crystal Bay, beaches, large lakefront estates and the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

There are some great off-road biking trails as well as mountain bike trails that offer scenic views, including Nordic ski trails at the Highlands Community Center in Tahoe City, North Tahoe Regional Park, Blackwood Canyon, and Sugar Pine Point State Park. Truckee rides include Prosser to Boca Reservoir, Prosser to Stampede Reservoir, Verdi Peak and Truckee to Tahoe City.
Incline Village
Village Bicycles
800 Tahoe Blvd.
Incline Village, NV 89451
Tahoe City
Tahoe Adventure Company
Po Box 8536
Tahoe City, CA 96145
Pacos Truckee Bike & Ski
11200 Donner Pass Road
Truckee, CA 96161

Winter Activities


Skiing & Snowboarding

Ski Resorts

Alpine Meadows has 2,000 acres of challenging terrain with over one hundred trails and offers snowmaking equipment on eleven of thirteen lifts. The summit elevation is 8,637 feet with a vertical drop of 1,800 feet. Alpine Meadows has a rental and repair shop, day lodge with large sun deck, bar, restaurant, cocktail lounge, cafeteria, on-mountain snack bars, sport shop and more.

Squaw Valley USA spans six Sierra peaks with 4,000 acres of open-bowl terrain promising something for everyone. Abundant California sunshine is complemented by an average annual snow pack of 450 inches. At the mountaintop paradise, High Camp – elevation 8,200 feet, there is ice skating, plenty of dining options and a family snow-tubing area.

Northstar is a top-rated family destination ski resort with activities and conveniences suitable for families of all ages. It has 2,420 acres of downhill terrain while cross-country skiing enthusiasts can explore 50 kilometers of challenging trails. They also offer slope side accommodations, a central village, restaurants and shops, snowshoeing, tubing, snowmobiling and licensed childcare.

Sugar Bowl was home to the first chairlift in California and the first gondola in the nation. To complement Sugar Bowl’s memorable style and famous customer service, they have recently made a number of major improvements including four new express quads and a 20,000 square foot day lodge.

Other great Ski Resorts in the area includes Diamond Peak with 665 acres, Homewood Mountain Resort with 1,260 acres and Mount Rose with 1,000 acres.

Ski & Snowboarding Rentals

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Sledding & Tubing

GLANLIBAKKEN: Granlibakken’s sledding and snowplay area is the perfect way for kids and adults to feel the rush of a Tahoe winter. Sledding down Granlibakken’s machine-groomed terrain makes for a safe day filled with laughs and smiles. Just bring your boots and warm clothing, Granlibakken rents sleds for $4 a day. Located at 625 Granlibakken Road, Tahoe City, CA – Call: (530) 581-7533 for details.
INCLINE VILLAGE: This is a very gentle hill and you must bring your own equipment. Located at Fairway Blvd., next to the Chateau Clubhouse, Incline Village, NV.
NORTHSTAR AT TAHOE TUBING HILL: There’s nothing better than gliding down a slope on a tube, feeling the cold spray of snow in your face! In the tubing area, tubes and riders are transported by tow lift to the top of the hill. Tubing is located mid-mountain just above the Gondola. Tickets can be purchased at the Tubing Center or any Northstar ticketing location. Saucers and/or sleds are not permitted in the Tubing Area. Tickets are $18.00 the first hour and $10.00 each additional hour. Tubers must be able to ride alone (recommend at least 36″ tall), and there is no double riding at Northstar. Located at SR 267 Northstar Dr., Truckee, CA – Call: (530) 562-1010 for details.
NORTH NATIONAL REGIONAL PARK Hill for sleds, saucers, tubes, etc. with a $5.00 day use fee. Located at the end of National Ave., North Lake Tahoe, CA – Call: (530) 546-0605 for details.
SQUAW VALLEY, TAHOE CITY Come cruise the white stuff on our custom snowtubes. If you’ve never “tubed” before, it’s a blast. Turn left at the first parking lot bridge towards the Papoose Learning Center. Two tubing lanes are maintained providing tubers a variety of thrill levels. The snow tube park operates from 11am to 3pm daily, weather permitting. A 1 hour session is $10. o Located at the Papoose Learning Center at Far East, 1960 Squaw Valley Rd., Olympic Valley, CA – Call: (530) 583-6985 for more information.
Terrain Parks

Rated by Transworld Snowboarding as one of the top ten best parks and pipes in the 2006 resort poll, the park team at Northstar continues to deliver the goods. Acclaimed park designers Chris “Gunny” Gunnarson and Josh Chauvet of Snow Park Technologies, known for their work on the Winter X Games, Vans Tahoe Cup, and U.S. open Snowboarding Championships, have built six parks at Northstar with an amazing variety of jumps, hips, rails, and boxes, plus a halfpipe, and a 420-foot Superpipe.
Northstar and Burton Snowboards introduced the first ever Burton Progression Park in the 05/06 season. This park, the only one of its kind on the west coast, allows riders to test gravity at their own pace with rails and fun boxes located inches off the snow, along with gentle rolling jumps that allow riders to get the feeling of air for the first time. The Burton Progression Park, located on Sidewinder, was created to help park goers progress in a non-intimidating environment.
In an effort to constantly evolve their parks, Northstar has introduced a new series of signature freestyle features, thanks to the collaboration between Northstar’s expert park and pipe design team, Snow Park Technologies, and select companies that have been chosen as Northstar’s partners. Current features include a 25-foot staircase feature by Matix Clothing, a gigantic 20’ wide by 8’ long DC Shoebox, an Amped 3 video game wallride and a crazy Dragon Optical octagon box. All of these features are located in the Moonshine and Pinball Parks.
Northstar at Tahoe offers something for everyone, featuring six Adventure Parks loaded with natural terrain features for kids of all ages. Each park is themed differently with colorful signs and animation. Don’t miss the Amped 3 Adventure Park loaded with big screen televisions with screen shots from the game and the Mine Shaft Adventure Parks with real log tunnels and ride on stacked log banks.
All three of Squaw Valley’s terrain parks: Belmont, Riviera, and Ford Mainline Park will be back and ready for action this season. In addition there will be a Family Fun Park, consisting of berms and rollers, that will be built skiers right of Links. Also the boarder cross course that can be accessed from the Belmont or High Camp lifts will take on more of a slopestyle format with the addition of rails and boxes. For some, the most important addition to our terrain parks this season is our new pipe machine. Squaw Valley is proud to announce the recent purchase of a technologically advanced pipe cutter which will be pivotal in improving the condition of Mainline Park’s Ford Free-Style Super Pipe and the perceived quality of our parks.
Our parks are varied to cater to a range of park riding ability levels. With it’s smaller jumps, boxes, and rails Belmont is great for skiers and snowboarders who have recently begun riding park. For the more advanced park rats Riviera (“Riv”) is great for night riding and perfecting one’s skills before Mainline park opens later in the season. Riviera has two sets of medium sized jumps with two take offs for each, along with an assortment of rails and boxes. There is also a half pipe that is 225 feet long, with 10 foot walls. The opening of the “big” park, Mainline Park, is more exciting for many Squaw enthusiasts than a super sick powder day. The park boasts a state-of-the-art superpipe, an assortment of 24 to 52 foot boxes and rails, and a variety of medium and big jumps. Mainline Park is maintained so well that it remains perfectly film-worthy from the peak of the season to the slushy end. The new Zaugg pipe cutter is appropriately named the “Pipe Monster.” This high-tech machine was built with the intention of modernizing park maintenance by reducing working time under the gnarliest of weather conditions. The dimensions of the pipe machine were based on requirements for skiers, snowboarders and event organizers to ensure that professional demands are fully met. The Pipe Monster’s innovative technology will allow for a bigger and better kept pipe to be built and maintained throughout the season. This year our Super Pipe will boast 18 ½ foot walls at an 18 degree pitch, spanning 550 feet in length.
All parks are open daily and Riviera is open for night riding beginning December 16th from 4-9 pm. For those pipe masters who can’t wait for the super pipe, the Riviera pipe will be cut twice daily, once overnight and again in the afternoon just before night sessions. So, if you love riding park and have a soft spot in your heart for the pipe, you’ll want Squaw Valley on your list of terrain parks to visit this season.
Snowmobile Tours & Rentals

LAKE TAHOE SNOWMOBILES: Lake Tahoe Snowmobile Tours has been expertly guiding tours since 1985, and is North Lake Tahoe’s premier snowmobiling operation. Our exciting tours are designed for all ages and ability levels, and travel on over 100 miles of trails throughthe pristine National Forest offering spectacular views of the entire lake. Tours are scheduled for 3 times a day 11am to 1pm and 2:30pm to 4:30pm. Located at the Summit on Hwy 267 (between Kings Beach and Truckee), Truckee, CA. Call: (530) 546-4280 for details.
COLDSREAM ADVENTURES Friendly, personable, family owned company that leads 2 hour tours outside of beautiful Truckee. Cold Stream also specializes in customized all day tours, personalized by you, group functions (including business) and access to a wilderness lodge. Curve around corduroy and visit secluded areas. Take in the beauty of a winter blue sky and freshly dropped powder. Then, stop by Cold Stream’s private 2 bedroom cabin and indulge in some warm refreshments and snacks, provided by Cold Stream, and kick your feet up for a while – a great finishing touch to an adventure filled day. 2 hour tours begin at 11:00pm and 1:00pm. Please arrive one hour early. 11760 Donner Pass Rd., Truckee, CA – Call: (530) 582-9090 for details and reservations.
EAGLE RIDGE OUFITTERS: Take a wilderness snowmobile adventure on over 200 miles of groomed trails weaving through 650 square miles of Tahoe National Forest. Off trail, you can experience incredible high mountain cross-country riding on untracked powder. We’ll be operating 7 days a week. Experience the backcountry magic of winter on our totally private trails. The skies are blue, the snow abundant, and the ride is unforgettable. Tahoe Holidays and Christmas dates fill early. Backcountry snowmobile overnight lodging available. Call: (530) 546-8667 for details and reservations.
HIGH SIERRA: During the winter months be sure to come visit our snowmobile track and rentals. This is a great fun-filled idea for family groups as everyone can take a turn on the smooth snowmobile track with beautiful views of Lake Tahoe while you ride! Rentals are available by the 1/2 hour and cost $50.00. No reservations are required, as we operate on a first come, first serve basis. Located at the Old Brockway Golf Course, 7900 N Lake Blvd., Kings Beach, CA. Call: (530) 546-9909 for more information.
Ice Skating

This 100′ x 200′ Ice Rink overlooks the Lake and is located at High Camp at Squaw Valley. The rink hours are from 11:00am to 9:00pm. The rink is also available for private ice skating lessons, broomball and private rink closures. Cancellations within 48 hours of rink closure must pay 100% of the contracted price. High Camp, Squaw Valley USA, Olympic Valley, CA – Call: (530) 581-7246 for details or for group sales – (530) 581-7107.
Experience outdoor ice skating at this all-natural, beautiful rink. Can be reserved for large groups and parties and is open daily from10:00am to 10:00pm weather permitting. 400 Squaw Creek Rd., Olympic Valley, CA – Call: (530) 583-6300 ext. 6813 for details.
Located at the heart of the Village at Northstar, the ice rink is the place to gather with outdoor fire pits, a s’mores kiosk, boutiques and restaurants surrounding it on all sides. Perfect for an après ski outing, the 9,000 square foot rink is open days and evenings and will also offer entertainment on select dates throughout the season. The ice-skating rink provides entertainment and activity value for the Northstar Resort guest. In summer months, it transforms into a roller-skating rink, and can be matted up for events such as wine tastings, farmer’s markets, and art shows in the Village. Skate rentals are $5 and skating is free. Call (530) 562-3689 for more information.